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UMDIA Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
September 19th & 20th 2017
Kelly Inn, St.Cloud, MN
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Tuesday, September 19

8:30 AM Registration Opens

8:55 AM Welcome - Tom Berry, UMDIA President

9:00 AM Minnesota’s One Health Approach to Antibiotic Stewardship - Dr. Amanda Beaudoin, Director, One Health Antibiotic Stewardship, Minnesota Department of Health

9:45 AM Break—sponsored by IDEXX

10:00 AM How Feedstuffs Can Affect Health, SCC and Performance - Dr. Alexandra Weaver, Alltech Mycotoxin Management Global Technical Support Specialist

10:45 AM Intentional Milk Adulteration - Mike Starkey, MN Department of Agriculture Emergency Planning Director, Dr. Tim Goldsmith, Co– director Veterinary Public Health & Preventative Medicine Residency Program, University of Minnesota

11:30 AM Crisis Training - David Pelzer, Dairy Management, Inc., Dr. Beth Thompson, MN State Veterinarian, Mike Starkey, MN Department of Agriculture Emergency Planning Director and Midwest Dairy Association’s farmer relations team
Interactive workshop on the dairy industry’s crisis preparedness and response network in readiness for a potential foot and mouth disease outbreak in the U.S.

12:15 PM Lunch - including Plant Highlight feature - Jill Ellingson, Plant Manager, Prairie Farms Cheese Division

1:00 PM Crisis Training continues

3:00 PM Break

3:15 PM Crisis Training continues

4:30 PM Butter and Cheese Auction and Social

6:30 PM UMDIA Awards Banquet including member awards and recognition

Cheese and the University of Minnesota —Ray Miller, Plant Manager University of Minnesota Food Science and Nutrition Pilot Plant

8:00 PM UMDIA Hospitality Room

Wednesday, September 20

7:30 AM Breakfast for Champions—breakfast served

8:00 AM Breakfast For Champions Awards Program - annual awards ceremony for the 2016-17 cycle of Butter and Cheese Contests coordinated by UMDIA

8:30 AM UMDIA Annual Business Meeting - Tom Berry, UMDIA President

9:00 AM Dairy Markets and Policy Outlook for 2018 and Beyond- Dr. Marin Bozic, Associate Director Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center and Assistant Professor, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota.

9:45 AM Break

10:00 AM Drug Residue Prevention - Dr. Jessica Evanson, Drug Residue Prevention Consultant, Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

10:45 AM MDA Update: Minnesota Department of Agriculture—Dr. Nikki Neeser, Director Dairy and Meat Inspection Division, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

11:45 AM Wrap Up - Dale Heintz, UMDIA Program Committee Chair

More on the Tuesday Crisis Training—interactive workshop

The UMDIA program committee decided to deviate from the typical pattern of programming this year when offered the opportunity to host this important interactive workshop. We hope that we will never have cause to use this training, but we know that there is always a potential for small or large crises in our work and as our theme recognizes we need to Be Prepared!
Join Dairy Management Inc. and Midwest Dairy Association, the national and regional milk check-off organizations, for this session on what to do with information you receive in a crisis. If a highly contagious disease like Foot and Mouth Disease came to Minnesota, your company or the State of Minnesota would have protocols on what to do next. Some of the most important actions or non-actions are what you do with information, rumors, or calls from the press which lie outside of your normal protocol. Our experienced team will lead you through the ins and outs of a communications management drill during a crisis.

Conference Hotel: Please make your own reservations at:
Best Western Plus Kelly Inn
100 4th Avenue South
St Cloud, MN 56301

Guests may either call directly at 320-253-0606 or they may use the URL shown below for online booking:

Hotel Block will be held until September 4, 2017 - after this date rooms at the $96/night rate will be on a space available basis.





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